GETTING THE MOST FROM GOD'S WORD:

"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

UNDERSTAND God’s LOVE towards ORPHANS and WIDOWS

UNDERSTAND God’s LOVE towards ORPHANS and WIDOWS

June 16 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 68-71

"Sing to God, sing praises to His name; extol Him who rides on the clouds, by His name Yah, and rejoice before Him. A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation." (Psalms 68:4-5)

The above passage is a call to praise God for His majesty and His care for the needy. “Yah” is an abbreviated form of Yahweh (Hebrew), the personal name for the covenant God of Israel. The pronunciation of this name was lost in history because the Israelites considered it too sacred to speak it aloud (see Exodus 3:14). David exhorts us that it is now time to sing praises to God and to clear a way for the Lord in the deserts (Isaiah 40:3; 62:10). Our covenant-keeping Jehovah is worthy of our endless praise!

Let us never forget that our God, seated in His majestic seat in the highest heaven, is not withdrawn from His creation. He is a defender of the oppressed and downtrodden (Isaiah 1:17). He should be praised as a God of mercy and tender compassion as He cares deeply for the afflicted and oppressed. He is not limited to clouds and storms; He also meets the needs of the helpless. For all people, He is in His holy habitation, dispensing justice!

Although our God dwells infinitely high in the clouds, yet He is intimately near to the friendless and the dispossessed. Widows and orphans were particularly vulnerable in ancient society and God had commanded Israel to care for them (see Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 10:18; Ruth 4:14, 15). As the God of all grace, He provides the warmth and fellowship of a happy home for the lonely, and as for those who have been unjustly condemned to prison, God leads them into prosperity with shouts of joy.

Loneliness comes when we forget about the One who is always with us as He had promised (see Matt. 28:20b; Heb. 13:5b). He knows intimately the pain of separation as He (God the Father) got separated through a distance from His only begotten Son Jesus during His earthly sojourn, and totally separated from His Son when He took upon Himself the sins of the whole world upon the cross at Calvary. God cares for the orphans and widows in their loneliness. He cares for us and will comfort us when we struggle in this life by filling us with a “peace that passes all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).

As the children of this compassionate heavenly Father, how then should we behave? We have to be cognizant of the fact that "whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will also cry himself and not be heard" (Prov 21:13). Orphans and widows are close to the heart of God, and we should also reflect the same attitude in our everyday lives as well.

"Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world." (James 1:27)

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